Janelle Sowers: Wet Felting for Bold, Graphic Effect
Instructor: Janelle Sowers Date: Friday, Jan. 5, 2024 Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm Location: Jefferson Farms Felting Studio Max # of Students: 12 Minimum # of Students: 4 SKILL LEVEL: All PREREQUISITE: N/A Fee: $85.00 - Fee Collected by the Instructor at the Workshop; covers all materials STUDENTS TO BRING: Optional item: soap only if they have specific sensitivities. Olive oil soap will be used.
DESCRIPTION: Whether you are new to wet felting or an experienced feltmaker looking to build your technique repertoire, you will explore how to use value, color, and shape to achieve vibrant results that highlight the raw wild beauty of wool while exacting defined designs. Felt painter, Janelle Sowers, is delighted to share some of the wet felt techniques she has developed learning from artisans during a two year tenure in Mongolia. We will use a felting process that builds an image from foreground to background, inspired by central Asian felt rug traditions. By the end of the class, each participant will create an exciting flat felt design that can have fine art or functional applications.
Kimberly Perkins - Dyeing Yarn with Multiple Fibers and Textures
Instructor: Kimberly Perkins Date: Friday, Mar. 1, 2024 Time: 1:30 - 3:30 Location: Box of Bubbles Studio, Salida Max # of Students: x Minimum # of Students: 8 SKILL LEVEL: All PREREQUISITE: N/A Fee: $60.00 - Fee Collected by the Instructor at the Workshop; covers all materials Students should bring an apron (or wear old clothes), paper and pen. Gloves, dust masks, yarn and dye materials will be provided.
In this workshop, students will learn about different dye types and methods, color theory, and color inspiration. Together we’ll dye a Fusion skein containing 10 different fibers and textures, using acid dyes, in which we will see how different fibers - wool, silk, bamboo, alpaca, mohair - all take color from acids dyes differently. Each student will begin with a 200+ yard multi- fiber/multi-textured skein of yarn containing the above fibers and blends thereof, and with Kimberly’s guidance and assistance, using acid dyes, will create a one of a kind skein in the color(s) that you select. Students will be delighted with the Fusion of Color and Texture resulting from this method of dyeing yarns.
Example projects and free patterns/inspiration for knitting or weaving your finished skein will be available.